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El Nido Travel Guide

El Nido Travel Guide

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A tropical getaway nicknamed 'Heaven on Earth' El Nido is located south-west of Manila in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. Known for its limestone structures, amazing coral reefs and stunning beaches. It is currently ranked #17 in Condé Nast Traveller's list of 'the 20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World'. With the best time to travel in December, January and February, we suggest you start packing!

Getting There

From surrounding capital cities, there are three ways to travel to El Nido:

Plane - regular flights depart daily from Manila or Cebu. For a duration of around one hour, it is by far the most efficient option. Planes land at Lio Airport, about a 20-minute tri-cycle ride from the main city in El Nido.

Bus - From most major surrounding cities, buses run each day and take approximately 6 hours. They are the most economical option and, although lengthy, are often almost a guided tour in themselves.

Boat - the most picturesque way to travel. Anywhere from 7-10 hours, the trip varies on a day-to-day basis and can be cancelled at very short notice due to local weather conditions. Depending on the time of year, weather conditions, frequency of trips, and the company you select, changes can be made to your schedule minutes before you previous departure.

Beach Days

Coated in palm trees and enclosed by the mountainous surrounds, Nacpan Beach is both quiet and the most popular tourism location of the region. For a day out with the family or a peaceful beach day on your own, it is most certainly a local must-see.

Duli Beach - the largest stretch of beach in the region, Duli Beach is known for its white and soft sand. The perfect picnic spot, it's a family friendly beach location with little to no rock or limestone formations in the area. The shallow waters also make for the ideal spot to sit during the much warmer hours of the day.

Island Hopping

Simizu Island - known for its beautiful limestone formations and clear turquoise water, Simizu Island is renowned for its snorkelling and diving spots. The region is also known for its local vendors and is regarded as one of the best places in El Nido to grab lunch.

Bacuit Bay - renowned for its dotting of islands and innumerable locations to visit. With over 45 individual islands, the area has more than enough to keep you on your toes.

Natural Wonders

Ille Cave - archeologically one of the most significant locations in El Nido. With relics and evidence of tribes from more than 12,000 years ago, the Ille Cave is a wonder to behold and an amazing place to explore.

Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls - for those who love a good hike, the Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls are a 40-minute trek, that is truly worth the effort. The refreshingly clear pool at the base of the waterfalls is the perfect place for a romantic day-trip.

Local Cuisine

Although El Nido is part of the Pinoy or Filipino cuisine, there are a few speciality dishes that identify the region. For breakfast, we highly recommend Tocino and Garlic Rice, the most traditional morning meal. It consists of sett, thinly sliced poke sausages, fried egg, sliced and friend tomato, and white garlic rice. The dis is surprisingly light and very filling.

 

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